Rooney Will Also Take His Word-Class Guitar Skills To AMERICA SALUTES YOU AND WALL STREET ROCKS PRESENTS: GUITAR LEGENDS FOR HEROES Airing Nationally On Dec. 23

Nashville, TN - Dec. 14, 2017 - Superstar vocal group Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney is showcasing his acting chops this holiday season as he stars in CHRISTMAS IN THE HEARTLAND.  Available to watch now on iTunesAmazonTarget and more now, Rooney plays the role of Jim, an aspiring country music artist and until recently unbeknownst to him, the father of Jesse who meets fellow teenage girl Kara on a plane home for the holidays.  The girls quickly become friends when they're seated next to each other and bond over having lost their mothers. Realizing they're both being forced to spend the holidays with relatives they've never met, they decide to switch places and have fun with the situation. For more information on the heartwarming movie, visit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christmas-in-the-Heartland-265935900581478, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christmasintheheartland and Twitter https://twitter.com/in_heartland.

A stacked holiday season for Rooney, audiences can also enjoy his infamous guitar-playing when AMERICA SALUTES YOU AND WALL STREET ROCKS PRESENTS: GUITAR LEGENDS FOR HEROES airs nationally on Tribune Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Hearst Television, Graham Media Group, Gray and Ion television stations on Dec. 23rd (check your local listings for times.) In addition to performances by Rooney, the all-star event will be co-hosted by Trace Adkins and SIRIUS XM’s Eddie Trunk, with special performances by Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Sam Moore (Sam and Dave), Orianthi, Lindsey Ell and Robert Randolph. The unforgettable night is a “thank you” to military, veterans and their loved ones, and will raise funds for the high impact charities that support them including Headstrong, Psych Armor, The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Hope For The Warriors and Warrior Canine Connection.

Joe Don Rooney is the lead guitarist for vocal superstar group Rascal Flatts. The trio recently released their 10th studio album (Big Machine Records), as well as back-to-back chart topping singles “Yours If You Want It” and “I Like The Sound Of That."  Known as one of the hottest-selling touring acts in any genre with over 10 million tickets sold and as the best-selling country vocal group of the past decade, Rascal Flatts has sold over 23.4 million albums, over 34.3 million digital downloads worldwide, as well as earning over 40 trophies from the ACA, ACM, AMA, CMA, People's Choice and more, also making them the most awarded country group of the past decade.

For more information, visit rascalflatts.com.

Kristie Sloan

Jake Basden
Big Machine Label Group
(615) 324-7769

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